FF to outline alternative CAP reforms at Glenties meeting

Local farmers urged to attend & air their views

Fianna Fáil will outline its alternative proposals for reform of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) at a public meeting in Glenties on Friday.

 

Local Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill is urging local farmers to attend the meeting at the Highland Hotel at 8pm on Friday and air their views about how the new CAP deal will impact them.
The Donegal Senator explained, “This meeting is about listening to the views of Donegal farmers who have been affected by the new CAP deal negotiated by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney.
“There are very real concerns that the new deal penalises family farms in the North West.  We believe there was not enough focus on supporting smaller farmers, ensuring a fair price from the multiples and sustaining family farms in the North West into the future.
“Under the deal agreed by Government, we are seeing the first ever overall reduction in CAP funding. The Government has also refused to match EU funding for regional development – leaving Irish agriculture with a €600 million shortfall. This is particularly bad news for family farms in the West and across rural Ireland,” Senator Ó Domhnaill said.
Fianna Fáil’s Agriculture Spokesperson Éamon Ó Cuív will be the guest speaker at the meeting.
Speaking beforehand, Deputy Ó Cuív said, “I believe there is a much fairer way for Irish farmers. The focus should be on sustaining as many family farms as possible and giving all farmers an opportunity to improve their situation.   I have put together alternative CAP proposals, which ensure the allocation of €300 million from 2014-2020 for the LEADER programme. In relation to Pillar II payments, I am proposing the continuation of 50/50 funding – something that the Minister has failed to deliver.
“It is vital that farmers stand together and demand a fair deal from the Minister. This meeting is open to everyone and gives Donegal farmers the chance to air their views and have their questions answered,” said Deputy Ó Cuív.
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Posted: Mar 11, 2014     |     Categories: Uncategorized